Juvenile Justice

When a child with a disability is involved in the juvenile justice system (they have “DJS charges,” have been charged with a “delinquent act,” or someone has “pressed charges”), it is critical that at every step of the process those involved in making decisions about the case, from the intake worker, to the judge, to school staff, understand all the factors that may be affecting the child. Effectively communicating this information, while zealously protecting the child’s right to due process under the law, requires a detailed understanding of disability, child development, and the juvenile justice system, which operates differently than the adult system. Our highly specialized education lawyers and advocates offer this intersection of knowledge.